Arts Briefs 

Of climbing and Clint

New Olympic museum exhibit

Get into the Olympic spirit with a new exhibit entitled Arts, Culture and Heritage starting Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Whistler Museum and Archives.

While sporting events provide the core of the Olympics, arts plays a key role as one of the three pillars of the Games.

The museum celebrates the history of the arts in the Olympics in the new exhibit, focusing primarily on arts celebrations in Torino and Whistler’s own Cultural Olympiad.

Browse through photos, posters, event listings and video footage of previous Celebration 2010 festivities.

The exhibit also gives people a second chance to watch the insightful and humorous Community Now Film Project, which interviews Whistler’s senior community about how they view Whistler’s evolution and Whistler as co-host to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The film is the first of five leading up to the Games. In each film Whistlerites from a different demographic give a first-hand view into what makes this town tick. Don’t miss it.

You can also learn more about Olympic history on one of the museum’s on-line exhibits. Visit for details.

Slideshow showcase of climbing and Clint

Whether a Clint Eastwood fan or interested in how climbing scenes were filmed before the convenience of green screens, mountaineer and guide Chic Scott’s narrated slide show, Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 and 9 p.m. at Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish, gives insight into both subjects.

Scott will share his stories and photographs from working on the 1970s thriller The Eiger Sanction , starring Clint Eastwood.

Scott remembers how Eastwood performed his own stunts, including hanging precariously 4,000 feet above the foreboding ice, snow and rock on the Eiger’s north face.

The event is presented by the newly created Squamish Adventure Film Society headed by Ivan Hughes and Angela Heck, the team behind the 2003 film In the Shadow of the Chief . Depending on the amount of interest shown with shows, Hughes and Heck hope to found a mountain film festival in Squamish during the summer.

Advanced tickets for Chic Scott and the Making of The Eiger Sanction are $12 and are available at Climb On and Valhalla Pure in Squamish. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Peru snap shot

Look into the heart of Peru with a slideshow fundraiser for underprivileged Peruvian children Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

The evening includes a slide show, which features landscape and action images taken in Peru by photographers Francis Leclerc, Valerie Bergeron, Andrew Zwicker, Julie Burrows, Damon Ciccozzi and Adam Tabber.

The images will be orchestrated to live music from Downtown Jay Brown, James Lawson and Evan Biswanger.

All proceeds will benefit Mundo de Ninos, a non-profit organization whose aim is to rehabilitate street children in Peru who come against great odds such as abandonment, violence, drugs and poverty.

General tickets are $10 and $7.50 for Club Shred members. For tickets, call 604-935-8410.

Art Room open

The New Year is all about new beginnings. Have you ever wanted to try your hands at spinning clay or putting paint to canvas?

The Art Room hosts artist drop-in nights every Tuesday, starting, Jan. 17, at Whistler Secondary School for newbie and professional artists wanting to expand their artist palate.

Photography, pottery, painting and screen-printing are only a few of the different artistic mediums that can be explored at the community event evening.

The drop-in night runs from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

For more information, call Stephanie Coughlin at Whistler Parks and Recreation at 604-902-1433.

Soul Funktion performance

Whistler’s Soul Funktion Competitive Dance Team will tumble, fly and spin into a new Vancouver show For the Luv of it Youth! Sunday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage.

The multiple award-winning team will join other elite entertainers, including Alisha Pillay, winner of the David Foster’s Opportunity of a Lifetime Contest. Hip hop, jazz, acrobatic and ethnic dancers will also take the stage along with R& B, rock and jazz singers.

Tickets for the multi-discipline show, aimed to give young talents the opportunity to step their showmanship up another level, are $17. Call 604-280-4444 or visit for tickets.

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